BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) has achieved highest annual plant load factor (PLF) amongst all the State sector thermal power units in the country for the second successive year.
As per the report published by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Ib Thermal Power Station (ITPS) of OPGC has achieved highest PLF of 87.92 per cent in 2016-17 which is also the fifth highest PLF achieved among all power plants in India.
In 2015-16, ITPS had topped the list of State sector generating stations with PLF of 84.5 per cent. It is a result of OPGC's consistent efforts to maintain efficient power production and aid the State in meeting the power requirements in Odisha.
The power station of OPGC, which currently has two thermal power units of 210 MW each and is in operation in Ib Valley area of Jharsuguda, has surpassed many of its own previous records of operational excellence in the year 2016-17 by achieving highest ever yearly plant availability factor of 95.28 per cent, lowest ever yearly station specific oil consumption of 0.284 ml/kwh and lowest number of start-ups (18).
The State-owned OPGC is expanding its capacity with a capital outlay of `11,547 crore by setting up two more units of 660 MW capacity each at Ib Thermal Power station which are under construction. The said units are scheduled to be commissioned towards end of the current financial year.